When you design a species based on a single character, and you make that species so restrictive that creating that character is impossible, you shouldn’t design a whole sub-class just to allow that character. You should go back to the drawing board.Saurial Paladin
Lawful Evil mercenaries are not possible. Of course.To become a sellsword, a humanoid needs any Neutral alignment
The defining difference for orcs and goblins over humans and halflings (well, this is AD&D, so Halfling wizards aren't much of a thing either) is that both the culture the aspiring humanoid mage, and the civilized cultures which have most of the opportunities to learn magic, do not expect anyone from the humanoid races to want to be a mage, much less have the skill or dedication. Excelling despite these setbacks would be a defining feature. They could have leaned into that more, although I kinda fear what the result would have been.the Humanoid Scholar could be literally any of the "Sagacious Archetype" wizard kits in other sourcebooks, and the Hedge Mage... well, alright, this actually does fit its namesake well, and it does mesh with the humanoid monoculture of this book, but I can just as easily see this being seen amongst humans or halflings as I can amongst orcs or goblins.
I think there was a strong AD&D-era sentiment that Paladin-hood was a 'human' thing. The Saurials got a pass (of sorts) because they were the humans of their homeworld.What possible reason is there to deny saurials the right to be paladins? Gods are racist.
Human only Paladins is entirely a relic of Gygaxian humanocentrism. Dwarves aren't Wizards (or at least not the same way) has a lot more currency in non-D&D media. There's lots of 'dwarves make magic items with runes and crafts but don't cast spells' going about in fantasy. Damnded if I know why, might even be principally a legacy of D&D that took harder, but there it is.I feel like there's still more sentiments opposing Dwarf Wizards than Nonhuman Paladins.
The Paladin class was, pre-3e, generally restricted to all but Humans. There were exceptions (Dragonlance Dwarves, as I said; Various others as well) but that was the general rule.................Whut?
That feels like it has all sorts of unfortunate implications. I mean beyond a lot of the stuff that happens in this game.